Takeshi “Beat” Kitano Joins Live-Action ‘Ghost in the Shell’
The iconic Japanese actor and director Takeshi “Beat” Kitano (Johnny Mnemonic) has reportedly joined the cast of DreamWorks’ live-action adaptation of classic anime and manga, Ghost in the Shell.
Rupert Sanders is directing the sci-fi action thriller, which stars Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi, a female special ops cyborg at the head of an elite task force known as Section 9, Pilou Asbæk as Batou, the second best fighter in the section, and Michael Pitt as the terrorist antagonist Laughing Man.
The casting of the internationally acclaimed Japanese actor comes after complaints of whitewashing the Japanese source material as well as a petition to remove Johansson from the lead role.
Kitano’s role, however, is a minor one as he plays Section 9 chief Arakami Daisuke who is well known in the manga as a very outspoken person. Kitano’s english is very poor so he’s not gonna make that role work in an english speaking movie. Just kidding!
Ghost in the Shell is set to open March 31, 2017.
Source: Cinema Today